Lincoln Park

The Lincoln Park of today is the product of decades of social struggle and gentrification.

Welcome to Lincoln Park

Chicago’s premier upscale family-friendly neighborhood, explore Lincoln Park real estate!


Lincoln Park, the park from which the neighboring community took its name, was originally a cemetery for the city. In 1864, it was determined to be a health hazard, due to the high water table, and the city moved the graves. The land was redesignated Lake Park and the following year, it was renamed Lincoln Park in honor of the recently assassinated President Lincoln. 
Much of the original community was destroyed by the Great Fire that swept through the North side in 1871. Residents moved quickly to rebuild and during the next decades, industrial plants and factories were erected along the North Branch of the river. Eastern European immigrants worked in these factories and established the working-class character of west Lincoln Park, while the eastern side of Lincoln Park remained primarily middle class with mansions built along the lake.
The community was even harder hit by the Depression and many of the buildings fell into disrepair. From the 1940s – 1970s, there were waves of social and political movements intent on restoring and rehabbing the neighborhood. The Lincoln Park of today is the product of decades of social struggle and gentrification. Lincoln Park real estate adds to the spirit and culture of this area. 


Situated just 3 miles north of downtown Chicago, Lincoln Park is bounded on the north by Diversey Parkway, on the west by the Chicago River, on the south by North Avenue, and on the east by Lake Michigan.

The Vibe & Housing Style

Lincoln Park is now one of the most sought-after urban communities in the country. Loved by residents for its ample and beautifully manicured green space and exquisite architecture. Charming tree-lined residential streets lead to bustling business districts with a disarming array of boutiques, hot restaurants, and sports bars. Lincoln Park real estate captures the essence of luxurious Chicago living.
It is a veritable playground of entertainment for adults and families alike … think bike and running paths, baseball and soccer fields, a free zoo, yoga in the park, beach activities including boating, jet skiing, volleyball leagues and so much more. 
The housing options are plentiful as well. The Lincoln Park real estate market offers something for everyone; new construction single-family homes, ornate mansions, vintage condos, mid-century high-rises, townhome communities, and modern luxury high-rises.

Local Lifestyle

Lincoln Park is a cosmopolitan neighborhood with something for everyone. This Chicago neighborhood features dozens of world-class restaurants, high-end shops, boutiques, museums, and historical landmarks that draw crowds from across the city. If you are wanting to explore more of what the Lincoln Park real estate market has to offer, reach out to the Choose City Living team!
Perhaps the best parts of Lincoln Park are the Park itself, and the proximity to the lakefront. 1208 acres of open green space which includes a free zoo, conservatory, pond, a boardwalk, nature paths, playing fields, and a lagoon for kayaking, crew and paddle boarding. The lakefront allows for relaxing on the beach, beach volleyball, sailing and boating, not to mention, running/walking paths and bike paths up and down the lakefront.

Dining, Entertainment & Shopping

Lincoln Park residents have almost endless dining, nightlife, and shopping options. For restaurants, Clark Street favorites include the high-end Italian eatery Riccardo Trattoria and the authentic sushi bar Toro Sushi. Elsewhere, on North Halsted, is the highly-rated tapas bar Cafe Ba-Ba-Reeba, known for its small plates, paella, and pitchers of sangria. For foodies who love waterfront dining, North Pond is a small, high-end, farm-to-table gem hidden on the north side of Lincoln Park overlooking Chicago’s picturesque North Pond. 
Popular area shops and boutiques include Clybourn Ave luxury home goods store Jayson Home and Armitage-based high-end boutiques ArtEffect and Lori’s Shoes. Other high-end spots on Armitage include upscale jeweler Gorjana and stores from top brands like Marine Layer and Bliss & Belle.

With its breadth of shopping, dining, and nightlife options and its plethora of spacious and highly manicured green spaces, there is no shortage of things to do in Lincoln Park. Residents and visitors could spend the whole day exploring Clark Street and Lincoln Avenue, sitting at a neighborhood tavern for a drink, or browsing the area’s boutiques. Meanwhile, the park itself provides families and individuals with tons of options for playing and site seeing, from the Lincoln Park Zoo to the volleyball courts on North Avenue Beach. If you’re lucky enough to own a boat, Lincoln Park even has its own harbor at its north end, Diversey Harbor.
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